Local couple taunted over flags hanging outside home

Author: Chauncy Glover, Local 4 Reporter, @CCGONTV
Dawn Brooks, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Nov 30 2013 11:29:40 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 30 2013 11:40:29 PM EST
DEARBORN, Mich. -

Metro Detroit is known as being a big melting pot, a place where people of all cultures can live together. But one couple says they are facing ethnic intimidation all because of a flag outside their home.

The latest incident they fell victim to was paintballs splattered all over their home and cars Friday night . Now the family says they fear for their safety.

Terresa and Hussein Dakhlallah say it all started two years ago when they put an American flag and an Israeli flag up outside of their Dearborn home.

Terresa is American, but she grew up in Canada. Hussein is from Lebanon.

"They left Nazi signs in our front yard, " said Terresa. "Two people were standing there, one with a lighter and one with a gas tank, telling us that they were going to burn our home down."

The couple has been taunted over and over again -- even on Thanksgiving as Terresa began to decorate her home for Christmas.

And late Friday night a group men in an SUV came back firing paintballs at the cars and on the side of the house.

The couple is terrified and don't feel safe in their own home.

Now that Dearborn police are involved, the couple hopes things will get better before they get worse.